This Day (Lagos)

30 December 2012

Nigeria: Minister Challenges States On Regular Training of Teachers

Sokoto — Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyat Ahmed Rufai, has challenged the state Ministries of Education and state Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) to embrace the policy of conducting capacity building workshops for their teachers.

She made the call yesterday at the closing ceremony of the Millenium Development Goals(MDG) capacity building workshops for primary and junior secondary school teachers held at Sokoto State Polytechnic.

She maintained that regular and compulsory retraining workshop should be conducted by SUBEBs for their teachers to enable them remain relevant and be up to date with current best practices in education sector around the world.

According to her, the MDG workshops had a time lag that would expire in 2015 and as such SUBEBs and state Ministries of Education must plan their programmes beyond 2015.

The minister, who was represented by the Director, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ojo Samuel, said the six-day workshops were targeted at training 40,000 teachers across the 36 states of the federation.

Rufai pointed out that the workshop was specifically focused on areas that would assist teachers to competently handle issues that might arise in their classrooms.

"The workshops were designed to improve the capacity of teachers in terms of subject contents, pedagogy, general methods and techniques of teaching,"she said.

She commended the Sokoto State Government for partnering with National Teachers Institute (NTI) to train 1500 teachers to obtain Nigeria Certificate Education(NCE) in the state.

Rufai stressed that this would go a long way in launching the state to position of greater heights in no distant future and urged other states in the North to emulate that.

In a remark, the Director General, NTI, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, said the NTI was determined to mount any programme designed to upgrade teachers to be able to tackle the challenges they face in their professional practices.

He stated that the workshops were conducted in 109 training centres nationwide.

The Director General urged participants to take the advantage of the opportunity accorded them to utilise the training manuals in order to share knowledge and experience gained.

Also speaking, the Chairman House Committee on Millenium Development Goals, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa,said the training of Nigerian teachers had become imperative so as to enable them compete with their counterparts in advanced nations.

He assured that the National Assembly would continue to give the desired support to achieve the set objectives.

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